I recently had the opportunity to ask Sudden Suspension a few questions. The three piece pop punk band are signed to Bad Timing Records and are from Chicago, IL by way of Lake County, Indiana. Check out the exclusive interview below.
The Daily Slice: For the record, can the members of Sudden Suspension state their names and their roles in the band?
Brandon S: Hello, I am Brandon, and I complain and play guitar.
Brandon B: I play bass.
Griffin: I play drums.
TDS: Since The Daily Slice is a pizza themed website, what is your favorite type of pizza and where do you get it?
BS: I worked in a pizza place for a bit, and while the free pizza was nice, I am now very much not into your standard pizzas: pepperoni, cheese, etc. My go to is Pineapple BBQ wherever I can find it.
BB: Gotta go with cheese. It’s easier to focus on the cheese and crust without all the distractions.
GT: I’m a cheese guy. Cheese pizza is where it’s at.
TDS: For anyone who may not have heard of you guys, how would you describe Sudden Suspension?
BS: Emotional and straightforward?
BB: We are a band
GT: I would say we have a early 2000’s Emo vibe going on now.
TDS: You guys released an EP, There’s A Bigger Picture Here, back in June through Bad Timing Records. What has the reaction been like?
BS: It’s been nice. We’ve slowly slid the whole EP into our setlist and everyone seems to enjoy the songs. Having vinyl now is cool, seeing people sharing their collections with our record being a part of them is insane. Any display of interest in something we made by people we don’t know is a beautiful thing.
BB: The reaction has been great. Glad there are kids out there connecting with it.
GT: I’ve loved the reaction. Being able to play the entire EP in our set right now is really great. I think the songs translate really well live.
TDS: Most of the tracks on the latest EP seem to deal with anxiety and/or depression. Does writing about it make dealing with those things any easier?
BS: Yeah, of course. That’s the whole drive behind most of our music. It’s an outlet. Listening to music is a beautiful cathartic thing, but sometimes that song that you really need to hear just isn’t out there. I try to write the songs I need but can’t find.
TDS: I personally have found comfort in songs like ‘Cheap Seats’ and ‘Back Roads.’ Has anyone ever told you guys that your words have helped them in some sort of way?
BS: Yes, and it’s such a beautiful thing. It feels selfish to be writing so much about myself, while some people are out writing about culture, and society, and change, but when other people can cling onto something in our songs despite them being about me, it makes them into so much more than that. It makes them about a feeling that’s been captured and it brings them to life.
TDS: Sudden Suspension are from outside of Chicago, which bands like Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, Fall Out Boy and The Academy Is call home. Recently, Real Friends and Knuckle Puck have broken out and are taking the world by storm. I’ve been paying attention to the Chicago local scene and have noticed how tight knit it is. What does coming from such a strong scene mean to you?
BS: It’s always been a little weird for us living a bit out of the city in Indiana, but Chicago is definitely the closest thing we have to a home. It’s nice to have all these other bands around us, a community is important for growth in any outlet, whether music, or literature, or politics, or whatever your passion is. It’s even nicer to see bands that have progressed beyond the Chicago scene – it gives everyone hope that we could bloom into something like that.
TDS: You guys went on your first full US tour in the fall with Handguns, ROAM, and Broadside.
– What’s been the biggest difference between smaller, regional tours and going cross country?
– How was it being so far from home and seeing people yell your lyrics back in your faces?
– What was your favorite part about it?
BS: The drives… The very long drives being back to back. We had three drives in a row over ten hours and it KILLED our gas tank and bank account, but that’s not to say we didn’t love it. It was great. It was great going out west and playing to a lot of people who’d been hitting us up to come out to these far away places that we were unsure we’d ever make it to. The best part is the friends you make, because even if your band falls apart, in a decade (hopefully) you can still have those connections to all these incredible people across the country.
BB: It was the most life changing thing, I didn’t come home the same person. Much love to all those bands and everyone who made that tour as great as it was.
TDS: Sudden Suspension are going on tour with Major League and Forever Came Calling. This tour will also be Major League’s final one. How does being a part of something this special make you feel?
BS: It’s bittersweet. To be on tour with two of the bands that helped introduce me to the modern pop punk scene, and to be saying goodbye to one of them. That’s how it works though, not every band is going to be around forever – you make the best of what they created and left you with, and wish everyone luck with their future.
BB: I’ve always been a fan and it’s a little surreal to be going out on their last tour.
GT: Just like Brandon said, touring with these bands that helped get me into this genre of music is really exciting and rewarding!
TDS: You guys were just announced to play Day 1 of So What Music Festival in March. The lineup for the festival is filled with so many talented bands. How excited are you are for that opportunity?
BS: It’s going to be incredible. With a big festival like that, it’s a huge opportunity to play to a lot of people who’ve never heard of us. It’s definitely intimidating trying to stand out among all these big established artists, but it’ll be great just to be able to watch all of them.
BB: Very excited. Hopefully gonna catch a sick tan before tour.
GT: I am beyond excited. Basically all of my favorite bands are playing so just being able to watch them is going to be fantastic.
TDS: What does the rest of 2016 look like for Sudden Suspension? What can fans expect from you guys?
BS: Nothing is really concrete yet, but there will be more touring this summer, and hopefully new music soon. We recorded some songs in September, but it’s been a sort of waiting game trying to figure out what we’re doing with them. We’re optimistic things are going to keep moving up.
TDS: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
BS: As stated, we have new music recorded, and we have been working on writing a lot more. I promise we want to put new music out more than you want to hear it, so just bear with us.
Catch Sudden Suspension on tour with Forever Came Calling and Major League
3/19 – Grand Prairie, TX – Quik Trip Ballpack (So What Music Festival)
3/21 – Nashville, TN – The End
3/22 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
3/23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
3/24 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
3/25 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
3/26 – Stanhope, NJ – Stanhope House
3/27 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
3/28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
3/29 – Toronto, ON – Sneaky Dee’s
3/30 – Buffalo, NY – The Waiting Room
3/31 – Columbus, OH – Double Happiness
4/01 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes
4/02 – Flint, MI – Flint Local
4/03 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean